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Class 2

Welcome to Class 2 for 2021 - 2022. 

 

In Class 2 we have Year 1 and Year 2.

Miss Cheetham is the class teacher and Miss Kenyon is our teaching assistant.

Welcome to all of our new Year 1s and a warm welcome back to all of our Year 2s. I hope you have all had a brilliant summer and had lots of fun with friends and family. I am looking forward to planning an exciting year for us all! We like to be creative, motivated and use our imagination in Class 2, so I hope you are ready for lots of laughs, smiles and wow moments.

Our first topic this half term is called Street Detectives so Grab a magnifying glass, put on your deerstalker and change your name to Sherlock because we’re going to become street detectives!

 

This half term, we’ll follow a route around our local streets and take pictures of the buildings, businesses and plants we can see. We will be looking at photographs will help us to spot any similarities and differences between the houses and shops of today and the past.

In Year 2, we would like to introduce our new spellings scheme of work: Transforming the Teaching of Spelling. The spellings are all in line with the National Curriculum. 

Spellings are certainly tricky and the English language contains well over a million words and has been affected by some 1,300 years of history. As the National Curriculum reminds us, “Most people read words more accurately than they spell them.” With this in mind, we shall be introducing a clear and systematic view for teaching spellings that will provide our children with life-long strategies. Spellings need to be taught logically to see the magic of words, the patterns and how words can help transform their quality of writing. 

The underlying structure of the approach is based on the three zones of spelling, explored through patterns, remembering and recall of spellings.

Organisation of spellings

During week one, a block of 50 minutes will be created to facilitate an investigation and ways of writing the phonic sounds using a letter/letters known as graphemes. The nature of this is a ‘slow’ look at patterns and working to improve or disprove a hypothesis. 

During week two, the same amount of time is split into 5 x 10 minute slots to experience pace and take a quicker look at spellings involving analysis of common errors, why these errors occur and what to do to ensure that the correct spelling embeds in their long-term memory – this approach will ensure all pupils in Year 2 will have a systematic approach to spellings (Reception – Year 1 children will have daily phonics as before). 

 

15 words will be displayed in the classroom over 2 weeks for children to look at in their 'Go Grapheme Grafter' sessions . Before the end of the year, children in Year 2 are expected to be able to read and spell most of their Common Exception words to show they are working at the expected level. Included in our 15 words every 2 weeks, are common exception words that require our focus.

 

Year 1 Spelling rules

 

 

Handwriting

In order to make the transition to cursive (joined) handwriting easier later on in school, we have moved to precursive handwriting in Year 1. This will allow the children to see where the letters join together and also allows the pencil to flow more freely without coming off the paper. 

Year 2 will move onto cursive writing when they are confident with their letter joins.

 

We have invested in a fantastic scheme called 'Letter Join' that also gives children access at home with a class log in. 

Seesaw

Our class is going to be using an online tool called Seesaw, it’s a secure online learning journal where children can create and upload their work to document their learning. Your child will add things like photos, videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings to their Seesaw journal.

Seesaw journals are private and only accessible by the teacher, students, and parents.  

PE - PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays, delivered by the Lancashire sports partnership. All children must wear suitable clothing.

 

 

 

Home learning/ Useful websites

Our favourite class song- The Sentence Song

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